Server

SQL Server Alternatives

We’ve talked mostly about SQL Server mainly because Microsoft has focused not just on enterprise level BI, but also on the needs of smaller companies. David Hobbs-Mallyon, SQL Server product manager, claims: ‘Right from the start, Microsoft has

   
Server

Small Business Server 2008

By the end of this year, the SBS 2008 portfolio will finally officially be out, and it will change some of the decisions that you have to make on your customers’ behalf.

   
Network

Should you move customers to 802.11n?

802.11n has been ratified. And best of all, the release contains no incompatibility with the draft versions. Many laptops and other network devices have implemented 802.11n draft for the past couple of years. So should you upgrade any remaining 802.11g or 802.11b devices in customer networks?

   
NetworkClientThe Business

Saving power, saving money with a green energy audit: cut printer costs and create power plans

Cold mornings and the clocks going back are going to put up heating and lighting bills for businesses as winter draws in, but increasingly IT is putting up the electricity bill too. Power prices have increased significantly this year and it’s not yet clear whether they have peaked. Offer customers a power audit that covers printing, servers, desktop PCs, storage and peripherals or include it when you’re planning a new deployment to sweeten the deal — and try it out in your own office to find out how much you can save by managing IT power.

 
   
Network

Configuring the anti-spam tools in Exchange 2007

Spam isn’t just annoying - it’s a security risk and a prime source of malware and phishing attacks. The new version of Exchange has more effective tools to keep it at bay. Configure the anti-spam tools in Exchange 2007 with our step-by-step guide.

   
ServerSecurityClient

Application Whitelists

Endpoint security is about ensuring that PCs and laptops are secure at all times – so what better way to do it than by ensuring that everything running on them is completely trusted?

   
SecurityNetwork

Configuring routers correctly

Your client needs a router to connect them to the Internet – but unless it is configured correctly, it could represent a significant security loophole.

   
SecurityNetwork

Secure Remote Access with SSL VPNs

What to look for when choosing an SSL VPN appliance for small business customers
Secure sockets layer (SSL) virtual private network (VPN) software has been around for a long time, but it is only relatively recently that is has been delivered on dedicated hardware appliances that specialise in hosting remote access, with many of those devices aimed squarely at the SMB market.

   
The Business

How to get paid on time

Get your payment terms straight from the start and follow up on invoices professionally to deal with problem payers

   
Fluff

Dirtection Inc: episode 7

In which the Secret Service gets to grips with bonkers boffins and hallucinogenic horseflies.

   

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